The Craft Farm range of wines are classic single site expressions that showcase the essence of varietal and place.As a kid I dreamed of being a farmer. Not just any farmer, a Craft Farmer. I wanted to grow things and make and market a product from the land.Growing stuff is a noble pursuit. Be it wine, food or flowers- all agricultural products that sustain us, mind and body, and connect us to the land.Craft Farm is the name of our small vineyard in Havelock North. Some of the wines under this range come from home but others are grown elsewhere. We don't farm a large area or have flash equipment. All of the tractor work is done using our vintage Massey Fergusson 135 and the rest of the work is done by hand. The grapes were planted by friends and family over three consecutive years from 2010. All blocks are planted with as many different clonal selections that I could find-some we collected the bud-wood and grew ourselves. We grow our grapes without irrigation and using an organic farming approach (we are not certified organic however). It gives us great pleasure growing and making the wines we enjoy drinking. We are Craft Farmers.
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Ant Mackenzie has more than 20 years of experience as a winemaker, wine marketer and general manager. Beginning in Hawke's Bay at Vidal, by way of Marlborough-working as a winemaker for luminaries such as Framingham, Spy Valley and Mud House-followed by a stint as general manager of Te Awa and Dry River (Hawke's Bay and Martinborough). There have also been vintage and winemaking consultancies overseas including Australia, the USA, Spain and China. As well as the Ant Mackenzie wines, Ant helps other wine companies make better wine through a busy consultancy business. There are current clients in Hawke's Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough.
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